The Bridge Pa Wine Festival is back for 2016, bigger and better. For the best Wine Experience this summer in Hawke’ Bay, grab your tickets at www.eventfinda.co.nz. With a fantastic line up of wine, food and music, this is an event not to be missed.
Our very own Lauren Swift was last night crowned the inaugural New Young Winemaker of the Year 2015. After three days of gruelling competition against the winners of the Marlborough and Central Otago regional competitions, Lauren came out on top.
Presented with the trophy by TV3’s Mike McRoberts at the Bragato Gala Diner, Lauren showed the world what we already knew, that New Zealand’s brightest winemaking talent is resident at Ash Ridge.
We invite you all to visit the cellar door and taste some of the wines made by our fantastic talent. The whole team at Ash Ridge is incredibly proud of Lauren’s achievement.
Our very own winemaker, Lauren Swift, has recently been crowned the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Young Winemaker of the Year 2015.
Another feather in Lauren’s increasingly heavy hat, Lauren overcame some stiff competition to take out the title, making her co-workers very proud, and a bit hungover, in the process.
Lauren now competes against the winners of the Marlborough and Central Otago competitions for the National Title later in August!
Ash Ridge has won the Hawkes Bay Bayleys A&P Winery of the Year 2014. The second time the winery has won this award in three years is a spectacular achievement given the quality of wineries in the show. To add to our joy the winery also won Champion Merlot for the Ash Ridge Merlot 2013. This is also a major achievement for young winemaker Lauren Swift, who only graduated from EIT in November 2012, so to win a trophy from her first full-time vintage as a winemaker is an amazing result.
The 2013 harvest in Hawkes Bay already ranks as one of the greats. A long hot dry summer combined to create the ideal conditions to produce outstanding Syrah. Displaying all of the charaters that we have come to love from our vineyard, this wine also has great mid palate depth that takes the wine to a new dimension, similar to the great vintages of 2009 and 2010. Floral and silky with rich blackcurrant fruit, this wine will age very well, but pent up demand for 2013 reds will not see availability for long.
Winemaking – Fermented in small opentop fermenters, the must was hand plunged twice a day. The wine was then gently pressed off skins before being matured in french oak barrels for 10 months.
Harvested – 2nd to 9th April 2013
Bottled on – 5th March 2014
Drink – Now or cellar 5-8 years.
Ash Ridge features today in an article by Jo Burzynska, in the Viva Magazine of the NZ Herald. Describing the 2013 Ash Ridge Syrah as “Super Syrah”, “Aromatics of violet and spice infuse the fresh fruit-driven plummy palate of this silky, supple syrah.” We are proud to be selected at one of Jo’s favorite boutique wines, cheers!